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It’s been a while, but Master Musicians of Bukkake are back with another LP of shamanistic stoner rituals to trip you out. This time round though they seem to be focusing more on the lighter side of their sound than previously. And I don’t mean light in terms of heaviosity so much as vibes. There are some glistening synth dronescapes, even a hippie folk choir thing going on in closer ‘The Circular Ruins’, but that’s not to say that the doomy aspects of theirs have been abandoned entirely, but when they do emerge they take the form of sun-drenched guitar crunch and relaxing vocal invocations.
In places they’re dropping indulgently enjoyable life-rock in a way that I would associate more with the likes of Life Coach or Harvey Milk than the Bukkake lot, but I suppose that just adds to their ever-unfolding mystery. I like this a lot, it keeps their ritualistic backbone intact but transplants it somewhere a little bit new agey, peaceful and most importantly fun. It’s like a Master Musicians of Bukkake record made for Emeralds fans. A friend of mine said to me the other day that stoner doom should be called “life rock” because the drugs and death connotations play down its celebratory and life-affirming qualities, and this album seems to follow that philosophy to its logical conclusion. Marvellous.
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